Explore power and government the world over
Whether you intend to cover local government or international conflict, every political journalist needs a framework for understanding how politics works.
What You'll Study
M.A. students in the Politics concentration develop what every groundbreaking political journalist needs: a historical context for global political systems and institutions as well as the tools to analyze and understand stories and situations they might confront on the politics beat.
In the fall term, the seminar is organized around several themes: state formation; the rise of nationalism and ethno‐religious identity and conflict; the development of protest movements; social conflict and collective action; rights; the distribution of resources; and bargaining and negotiation. In the spring term, we go deeper into political institutions that exist almost everywhere: legislatures and bureaucracies, parties and interest groups, elections and agencies.
Recent guest lecturers have included Barnard political scientist Kimberley Johnson; Cornell behavioral economist Robert Frank; political strategist Howard Wolfson; and historian Mahmood Mamdani.
Javier Sauras, M.A. Politics '16, published several stories stemming from his Master's thesis, which looked at a program in Bolivia that combines modern maternity medicine with traditional indigenous practices.How One Bolivian Hospital is Battling Maternal Mortality - By Reaching Back Thousands of Years
Katie Worth '15 M.A., Politics Concentration, revealed the imprecise science of DNA testing in court in her Master's thesis.Read the published article in Fusion.
Ben Taub '15 M.A., Politics Concentration, wrote his thesis on teens who join ISIS, which became the lead story in The New Yorker.Learn how the story came together.
Amy Lieberman '14 M.A., Politics Concentration, wrote her thesis on Arizona's immigration patrol rebellion.Read the published article in Slate.